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Potent landscapes: place and mobility in Eastern Indonesia

By Catherine Allerton

Abstract

The Manggarai people of eastern Indonesia believe their land can talk, that its appetite demands sacrificial ritual, and that its energy can kill as well as nurture. They tell their children to avoid certain streams and fields and view unusual environmental events as omens of misfortune. Yet, far from being preoccupied with the dangers of this animate landscape, Manggarai people strive to make places and pathways “lively,” re-traveling routes between houses and villages and highlighting the advantages of mobility. Through everyday and ritual activities that emphasize “liveliness,” the land gains a further potency: the power to evoke memories of birth, death, and marriage, to influence human health and fertility

Topics: GN Anthropology
Publisher: University Of Hawai'i Press
Year: 2013
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:41065
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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